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Blue tiger (Tirumala limniace)

Blue tiger (Tirumala limniace) is an animal species within the Nymphalidae, the brush-footed butterfly, exhibiting gregarious migratory behavior in that can absorb heat directly from the sun through its wings to facilitate autonomous flight.

T. limniace has a black body with white spots, a pair of black eyes, a pair of black antennae and black legs. The wing surface is dark brown with white and blue plots.

Dlium Blue tiger (Tirumala limniace)


Larvae are yellowish white, the 3rd and 12th segments have a pair of fleshy filaments, black and greenish white. The head, legs and pincers are mottled with black. Larvae are about 1.21 cm long and initial weight of 5 mg, but grow up to four times within 48 hours.

The cocoons have a green color with golden spots scattered and beaded down the back. Blue tigers have at least nine subspecies. The migration population consists almost entirely of males.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Danainae
Tribe: Danaini
Subtribe: Danaina
Genus: Tirumala
Species: Tirumala limniace
Subspecies: T. l. bentenga, T. l. conjuncta, T. l. exotica, T. l. ino, T. l. leopardus, T. l. limniace, T. l. makassara, T. l. orestilla, T. l. vaneeckeni

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